Top Three Helpful Vote Getters:
Newcomers of Note (follow these folks!)
Most Visited Review / Comments Page:
Torture Should Never be Used (review by Ridgewalker)
Most Visited Member List:
90's Music (jamie mcbain)
(more than 22K people visited the landing page for this, and many more hit item pages on it)
We've focused our efforts on three ways to share in particular:
If you look at the top of the right hand column of any List, Item, or Review page, you will now see a "Share This Page" module:
First, let's look at the email sharing option.
Let's say I wanted to share my awesome list of Mexican Beer (which I am very proud of) with my friends via email.
Clicking the envelope icon on my Mexican Beer page pops open the following form:
With this form, I am able to type in email addresses one by one, and include a brief note.
I can also pull in contacts from my address books on services like Yahoo! Mail and Gmail by clicking the "Use Your Address Book Instead" button:
This tool lets you select friends from your address book to receive an email with a link pointing to your list (or item, or review).
Now let's look at Facebook. By now, just about everyone has a Facebook account, and Facebook's newsfeed format is a perfect way to share your lists, reviews, or items with your Facebook friends.
Clicking the Facebook Icon (farthest one on the right), will do one of two things depending on if you are logged into Facebook at that moment:
If you are logged into Facebook, you will see a prompt from Facebook that looks like this:
If you are not logged into Facebook, you will be prompted to login to your Facebook account before seeing the posting prompt above:
When you share a RateItAll story on Facebook, your Facebook profile will look like this:
And when my Facebook friends share RateItAll stories, this is what I see on my Facebook home page:
Now let's talk about Twitter. I know that folks on RIA are a bit skeptical, but this service is taking off like a rocket right now.
Clicking on the light blue "T" icon:
Will automatically open up a new browser window that includes a link to the page (list, item, or review), as well as some text that indicates whether it's a list, item, or review that you are sharing. Here is what it looks like - note that the posting field is pre-populated with the link and text, all you have to do is click "update":
One thing to note - you can share any list, item, or review page to Facebook, Twitter, or Email, whether or not you created the page, and whether or not you are even logged in to RateItAll.
These sharing features are available to everyone, and we hope they will be a great way to get more exposure for your reviews and lists.
Please poke around and let us know what you think.
- We added perfect sharing tools on every List, Item, and Review page. You can now push out any of these pages with one click to Facebook, Twitter, or Email, whether you are logged in or not. This will be a full post shortly.
- The home page river now remembers what view you were on if you click away, so that if you click back, you don't have to reconfigure your view. For example, let's say you are on your home river / feed page, and have used the filters to isolate just comments. If you click away from your home page, and then click "back" on your browser, you will see the same view that you left - just the comments. The only view state we are not remembering yet is the paging - this will be added soon. Sounds minor, but this is a big improvement.
- We have created a short form URL of all of our item and topic pages that can be more easily shared. Here's an example of the long form URL:
And here's the short one:
- We have fixed some annoying formatting issues when publishing reviews to Facebook - things like apostrophes and quotations should work fine now.
A close honorable mention goes to edt4.
In this particular contest, it took 42 qualifying book reviews to walk home with a $100 Amazon gift certificate. For some of you folks with 2K, 4K, 10K reviews... it would have been child's play to finish in the money.
Don't get me wrong - We are happy to keep shipping gift certificates and loot to Twansalem and Irishgit - both are very strong writers, and write consistently helpful, amusing, and thoughtful posts. But it surprises me that more of you don't lay off the silly stuff and / or the politics for a day, and put your reviews to work.
Prize delivery will go out today, via email.
Congratulations to those who participated.
Here's an interesting look at the 10 most shared reviews on RateItAll over the past 45 days:
Tribe of Noise
Canaca Web Hosting
University of Phoenix
Wal-Mart Super Tech Oil
You are good to go, and can pick and choose reviews to push to Facebook.
If you DON'T see that little "F," you need to click the Facebook Logo in the right sidebar on the home page:
Can people please help us test this feature?
Try logging in with both Facebook and your regular RIA login.
Then you may be well positioned for our Friday Bookworm Smackdown.
You know the drill:
- Any review of a book or author qualifies as long as it's three sentences or more
- Contest runs from Midnight tonight, Thursday, to 11:59PM tomorrow, Friday
- Winners will be determined by number of qualifying reviews within the contest period
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your RateItAll nickname to participate
Our book section is massively, grotesquely inflated - I bet you will be able to find anything that you might have read.
First: $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
Second: $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
Third: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
Official contest rules
- Contest starts at 12:00AM PT on Friday, May 15th and runs through 11:59PM PT on Friday, May 15th.
- Participants must have valid RateItAll member accounts.
- Contest participants must register for the contest by sending an email to email@example.com with their valid and active RateItAll nickname in order to be considered for the prizes.
- Reviews must be of books or authors to be considered.
- Each quality book review will count as one entry in the contest. Reviews must be at least three sentences.
- Recycled or reposted reviews will not be considered for the contest, and use of such reviews will be grounds for disqualification.
- Prizes are non-transferrable and are subject to change and availability.
- RateItAll reserves the right to discontinue the contest at any time, for any reason. RateItAll reserves the right to disqualify participants if we determine that contest rules have been broken.
- Questions about the contest? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winners will be notified on or by Monday, May 18th, 2009.
- All decisions made by contest administrators are final.
We're here to help.
Because as we all know, duplication is such a drag.
If you're aware of any identical weblists, please let us know...
Unfortunately, we weren't able to offer this functionality to existing RateItAll members, because we didn't have the ability to link an older RIA account with a Facebook account.
This is no longer the case.
We've just introduced the ability for anyone to link their RateItAll account to their Facebook account.
Why would you want to do this? Because it lets you easily share reviews with your Facebook friends, giving your reviews more visibility.
The key aspects of the program are as follows:
- it only takes one click to link your RateItAll and Facebook accounts
- you only share the reviews that you want to - each time you write a review, you are given the option of sharing it with your Facebook friends. If you don't want to, you don't have to - I probably only share about one out of ten reviews that I write.
- once you have linked your Facebook and RateItAll accounts, you will be able to login to RateItAll with one click
To link your RateItAll and Facebook accounts, click the Facebook icon on your home page:
Here's what the Facebook prompt looks like after you write a review:
Here's what a shared review looks like on a Facebook news feed:
I really hope that you will try this feature out. One of the fun things about RateItAll is the "instant feedback" aspect of the site. We write things, and people react to our opinions.
This new Facebook feature increases our collective reach to include our Facebook networks. Folks can even "like" and comment on your reviews right on Facebook.
Let me know if you have questions.
He is now adding books, with full descriptions, at the rate of one every seven seconds. He is typing at approximately 4,321,654 words per minute, and hasn't slept since last Thursday.
Astromike, in assessing whether or not he would like to have a beer with Automatt, says it best:
As long as he doesnt bring his lap top to the bar and post list items on RIA all night it could be fun lol. Im sure he's an all right dude. (lol)
Sadly, even at this reckless pace, it looks like we're just not going to be ready for tomorrow.
I've asked Automatt to pick it up all a bit - we should be good to go for next Friday.
In the meantime, for you book readers out there, please start compiling a mental list of books to review. For those who don't read, you still have a week to get started.
More details to follow.
(editor's note: this is boring)
Here it is:
Reviewer – Registered user
Rating – Value: 1-5
Review – Text associated with a rating
Comment – Response or reply to a review
Item – Something that can be rated (e.g. person, place, thing, Corona, etc.)
Topic – A grouping of items (e.g. Mexican Beer), otherwise known as a list or a weblist
Subject – A collection of topics (e.g. Drinks)